Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hope for 100 Jobs Thanks to Deal; Tees Plant Chosen to Assemble Turbines in Move Which Could Unlock PS16m Investment

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hope for 100 Jobs Thanks to Deal; Tees Plant Chosen to Assemble Turbines in Move Which Could Unlock PS16m Investment

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Byline: ELAINE BLACKBURNE news@gazettemedia.co.uk @TeessideLive

AROUND 100 jobs could be created after a deal was announced to build wind turbines at a Teesside plant.

Triton Knoll has placed orders with turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas to provide 90 of the machines for the offshore project.

And it has been announced that a full-scale turbine pre-assembly operation will be carried out at Able UK's Seaton Port.

In a statement it said MHI Vestas would establish the operation which would span "from enabling works to loadout".

It added: "It is anticipated that, in total the port activity involving all partners could create around 100 new and predominately local jobs, and unlock over PS16m investment in new infrastructure and equipment."

The move was announced by innogy SE which said it had confirmed 'Financial Close' for the 860mw offshore wind farm.

innogy, the majority equity shareholder of Triton Knoll (59%), is managing the construction of the project on behalf of partners J-Power (25%) and Kansai Electric Power(16%).

MHI Vestas will supply 90 of its most powerful world-leading turbines to the project. Turbine tower sections, blades and nacelles will be assembled at Seaton, before being loaded on to construction vessels for transport and installation at the wind farm, over 30 kilometres offshore.

MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan said: "This means highly-skilled jobs in the local offshore wind sector.

"In providing 90 of our flagship V164-9.5mw turbines, MHI Vestas is proud to partner with Triton Knoll to leverage our UK industrial footprint, notably our production of blades already being successfully exported, and work with Able UK to develop the Seaton facility into a full-scale, pre-assembly site for this project."

Able UK will develop an additional 140m of new heavy-duty quayside at the port, and invest in equipment and facilities to support delivery of Triton Knoll. …

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